Definition of “massacre” - English Dictionary

“massacre” in British English

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massacrenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈmæs.ə.kər/ us /ˈmæs.ə.kɚ/

C2 an act of killing a lot of people:

He ordered the massacre of 2,000 women and children.

informal a bad defeat, especially in sport:

The manager resigned after the team's 7–2 massacre in the final.

More examples

  • Of course, she was using the term 'massacre' in the figurative sense.
  • The massacre was a crime against humanity.
  • The perpetrators of the massacre must be brought to justice as war criminals.

massacreverb [ T ]

uk /ˈmæs.ə.kər/ us /ˈmæs.ə.kɚ/

(Definition of “massacre” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“massacre” in American English

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massacrenoun [ C ]

us /ˈmæs·ə·kər/

the killing of a large number of people, esp. people who are not involved in any fighting or have no way of defending themselves

massacre
verb [ T ] us /ˈmæs·ə·kər/

Guerrilla troops are thought to have massacred the entire village.

(Definition of “massacre” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)